#BehindTheTents is a social media initiative started by the Pierogi Fest™ social media team to spotlight small businesses in Whiting. During the hustle and bustle of the fest, visitors often forget to look behind the vendor tents at the local businesses. We want to highlight our small businesses to remind visitors of the value they bring to the Whiting community not only during Pierogi Fest™, but year round. Check out interviews with shop owners and

 Through photos and videos, the social media team will be featuring Whiting’s small businesses each Friday across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (during the fest, we’ll also push this content on these same accounts as well as Snapchat) with the hashtag #BehindTheTents to remind followers of the initiative and push them to visit our small businesses. It is the hope that this initiative will continue year round.

Get to know our small businesses

THE MARKET @ 119

The Market at 119, located at 1600 119th Street Suite B, is owned Gina Bombin-Wilk. Bombin-Wilk decided to open her store in Whiting in 2016 to help revitalize the small business community in, saying, “Small businesses bring value to our community by providing a quaint downtown area for out of towners and locals alike to enjoy.” The Market @ 119 specializes in home decor and furnishings that are shabby chic. 

1600 119th Street

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THE JUNKYARD

Opened in 2005, The Junkyard T-Shirt Shop owners Kathleen Ulm and Keely Schalk believe in the value small businesses bring to a community. "As small business for us we get to know our community customers and their families. We are a part of their lives through the shirts they buy from us as they celebrate birthdays or graduations or retirement.  And we pride ourself on giving back to our community. Shopping at a small business should mean you are supporting a business who sponsors local events like a Lion's pancake breakfast, local little league teams, fundraisers when donations are needed." 

1504 119th Street

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Mind Benders
Puzzles & Games

Opened in 2016, Mind Benders owners Joel and Amy Bender knew they wanted to open their business in Whiting. "Whiting exhibits what a sense of community should be. We are proud of complimenting the image of family, friendly in our town." Mind Benders specializes in logic challenge games, family fun, puzzles, magic and more. 

1438 119th Street

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SunCatchers, Inc.

SunCatchers was opened in 1988. Owner Edie Rauner knew she wanted her business in #Whiting. "SunCatchers originally opened in Robertsdale on Calumet Avenue. Having the need to expand the business, we found this remarkable building and moved here and never looked back. It's been a pleasure to serve so many wonderful people that have visited 119th Street and our store. Our mayor Joe Stahura, the people, Lake Michigan and the quaintness in this town is what makes Whiting so special."  SunCatchers specializes in unique selections, outstanding customer service and shopping satisfaction.

1348 119th Street

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